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Camden's Fugitive Surrender Program

Camden's Fugitive Surrender Program: A massive success
Philadelphia Inquirer editorial

When it comes to Camden and crime, there is usually only bad news. In a week when Camden was named the second-most dangerous city in the country, there was good news, too.

In a surprising success story, officials last week announced that a surrender program for people wanted on outstanding warrants produced amazing results: 2,245 fugitives wanted for nonviolent crimes showed up and were processed over four days.

An additional 1,563 were given vouchers and asked to appear in court next month, because authorities ran out of time to hear their cases.

Camden, the 12th city to host the national program, had the second-largest turnout in the country for Fugitive Safe Surrender. Only Detroit, with a population 10 times that of Camden's 79,000, had higher numbers. Philadelphia's fugitive surrender in September drew 1,249 people.

The surrender was held at Antioch Baptist Church, which may help explain why so many were willing to turn themselves in - a less-threatening environment than a police department. Camden's more than 300 churches helped spread the word about the program.

After waiting in long lines in freezing temperatures, many were relieved at the chance to clear their names and stop running from the law. Because they surrendered voluntarily, judges were more likely to look favorably on their cases, and most should be able to avoid jail time.

Read the full editorial online at philly.com

Legislation would require security drills in schools

Legislation would require security drills in schools
by CourierPostOnline.com

TRENTON — An Assembly panel on Thursday approved a measure, sponsored by a South Jersey legislator, that would require school security drills.

The measure, backed by Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt, D-Camden, would require schools to conduct one fire drill and one security drill each month. State law currently requires most public schools to hold two fire drills per month.


Read the rest of the article from the Courier Post online.

Polling places to change at 3 Cherry Hill sites

Polling places to change at 3 Cherry Hill sites
CourierPostOnline.com

CHERRY HILL — Three polling places here will move from their usual spots on Election Day.

The Woodcrest and Marlkress fire stations, which usually serve residents of township voting districts 10, 44 and 45, are expected to be undergoing construction next week, said township spokesman Dan Keashen.

District 10 residents are to vote Tuesday at Woodcrest Elementary School at Astor Drive and Cranford Avenue. Voters in districts 44 and 45 should head to Bethel Baptist Church Family Center, 1721 Springdale Road.

Check out this article online at the Courier-Post.

Avoid Election Day Lines: Vote at the Camden County Stores

Attention Camden County residents!!!

Absentee ballots are available now through Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at the Camden County Stores in the Cherry Hill Mall and Voorhees Town Center, and at the Clerk’s Office in the Camden County Courthouse.

Each location has a private area where you can vote and seal your ballot. You can drop it in a USPS mailbox conveniently located inside the County Store (or mail it from home) – the County Store even provides you the stamp!

This opportunity lets you securely cast your ballot and avoid the lines in what will be an historic Election Day.